About the Author

Patrick Campanale


When I’m not working on building custom computers or fixing phones, I love to write about technology. I’m always looking out for the best deal on any tech I can get my hands on, so one day I decided, “Why not write about it?!” You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @pcamp96, though I’m way more active on Twitter. If you’ve got a tip to an awesome deal, go ahead and drop me a line at patrick@9to5mac.com!

Patrick Campanale's Favorite Gear


Built-in TV speakers are notoriously not very good. You don’t have deep bass, you’ll miss the high notes of songs in movies, and voice can sound muffled. This is all because most TV speakers either fire toward the wall (most common) or downward, and not out toward you. Pair that with the ever-slimming TV thickness, and speakers just don’t have much room to move. With Super Bowl LIII just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure that you have the best sound bar or audio system for the big game.

Whether you have a limited budget or the sky’s the limit, we’ve got a great sounding audio system for you. There are many more choices than the ones listed below, however. You can always swing by our home theater roundup, which is highlighted by a massive Sonos sale from $349 and a nice 5.1-Channel Polk Audio system for $399 right now.

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If you own a Wyze Cam Pan, you’ve likely tried to find a good way to mount it. It’s not quite as easy to stick up as its little brother, the Wyze Cam, with its magnetic base and easy-to-move mount, but the Wyze Cam Pan features a 1/4-20 thread on the bottom for easy mounting. Well, Wyze now offers an official mounting solution for just $9.

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Command your fan & light w/ just voice commands: Insteon Smart Controller: $57 (Reg. $110)

SmartHome.com offers the Insteon Ceiling Fan and Light Controller + 4-Scene Mini Remote for $50 with $7 shipping. Regularly, just the fan controller is $65 at Amazon, and the remote goes for another $45. With this bundle, you’re saving $53, which is nearly 50%. This is the perfect add-on if you want to control your fan speed and light with just your voice. Note: You’ll need to already own an Insteon Hub Central Controller in order to use the smart features. Rated 4+ stars from over 50% of shoppers.

This DOCSIS 3.0 modem pays for itself in as little as 5 months: $50 (Reg. $60, up to $120/yr savings)

Amazon is offering the NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (CM500) for $49.99 shipped when the on-page coupon has been clipped. Normally $75 at Target and around $60 at Amazon, this is just $5 above our last mention and is the best available. Most cable Internet providers charge $10 per month for modem rentals, so you’ll save up to $120 per year by owning your own. That means that this modem could pay for itself in as little as 5 months. Rated 4/5 stars from thousands and is a #1 best-seller.

Huawei’s MateBook X Pro sports a quad-core i7 & 2GB GPU for $1,299 (Reg. $1,499), more from $400

Amazon offers the 13.9-inch Huawei MateBook X Pro Laptop with 1.8GHz i7/16GB/512GB for $1,299 shipped. Also at B&H with tax savings for some shoppers. Regularly $1,499, this is a new all-time low and beats our Black Friday mention by $50. Huawei’s high-end MateBook X Pro laptop packs a quad-core i7, a 512GB PCIe SSD, and a 2GB GeForce MX150 graphics card, making it the perfect portable workstation. Plus, the Thunderbolt 3 port is great for adding an eGPU or docking station. Rated 4.4/5 stars. You can learn more in our hands-on review.

The Slice auto retractable box cutter opens packages with ease for $12.50 shipped

Amazon offers the Slice Auto Retractable Box Cutter with Ceramic Blade for $12.54 shipped. Regularly $20 at other retailers like Office Depot, this is a new all-time low on Amazon and is the best available. If you hate finding a knife to open a package or box, this is perfect for you. The auto retracting ceramic blade will stay sharp for ages and makes slicing open boxes a cinch. Rated 3.9/5 stars from hundreds.

Enjoy outdoor parties & more w/ this 49-foot outdoor LED string light at $35 shipped (Reg. $45)

Patozon (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers the Mpow 49-foot LED Outdoor String Light Strip for $34.99 shipped when you use code YZ46TDGE at checkout. Regularly $42, this is one of the best prices we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. As spring approaches, outdoor BBQs and gatherings will begin again. This will give your outdoor spaces a fun look while providing enough light for everyone at the party. Rated 4.7/5 stars from hundreds.

Not a fan of the $129 Apple Pencil? This 12-pack of 2-in-1 styluses is perfect for you at just $6

Ace Teah (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers a 12-pack of 2-in-1 Ballpoint Pen/Stylus’ for $5.99 shipped when you use code V5CBL3SO at checkout. At 25% off the going rate, this is one of the best prices we’ve seen in the past few months and is the lowest available. Whether you’re wanting to use a stylus with an iPhone, iPad, or even your Windows computer, this is a great option. The Apple Pencil will run you over $100, and though this 12-pack isn’t quite as accurate as Apple’s offering, it’s a great budget-friendly option. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Keep an eye on your home w/ Foscam’s Wi-Fi 1080p pan/tilt security camera at $38.50 (Reg. $55)

Foscam Direct (98% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers its R2C Wi-Fi 1080p Home Security Camera for $38.49 shipped when you clip the on-page coupon and use the code R9GPJQXG at checkout. Regularly $55, this is 30% off the going rate and is one of the best deals we’ve tracked historically. If you’re often away from home and want to check on things at the house, this is a great option. Plus, with its pan/tilt function, you can look around the house to make sure everything is exactly where you left it. Foscam also gives you two ways to record: a free 8-hour rolling cloud save or local to an SD card (or both), depending on which you choose. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Upgrade your gaming battlestation w/ a selection of Aukey’s mechanical keyboards from $21, more

Aukey Direct via Amazon offers its RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Brown Switches for $37.80 shipped when you use code 7VICBRIA at checkout. Regularly $90, this is a new all-time low that we’ve tracked and is the best available. This keyboard has a premium metal build and quiet-yet-clicky Brown switches giving you a fantastic feeling keyboard. Plus, the RGB styling makes this keyboard stand out from the rest. Rated 4+ stars from 65% of shoppers. Keep reading for more keyboard deals.

January 19

Weber’s outdoor gas grill w/ FREE expert setup gets you ready for spring BBQs: $349 ($50 off)

Amazon offers the Weber Spirit II E-210 Red LP Outdoor Gas Grill (44030001) for $349 shipped with free expert assembly. Note: The expert assembly discount will be applied at checkout. Also at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Regularly $400, and still fetching as much from Ace Hardware, this is a new all-time low that we’ve tracked and is the best available. Spring is nearly here (finally!) and that means cookouts and backyard BBQ’s are just around the corner. This grill is perfect for you as it’s propane-powered, which is easy to get, offers 450 square inches of cooking space, and ships with a 10-year 100% coverage warranty. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Best Buy’s Apple shopping event, HomePod for $240, Sonos’ Super Bowl mega sale, more…

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expiredStart 2019 off with Amazon’s best-selling bedding from $13 shipped in today’s Gold Box

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, California Design Den (99% positive lifetime feedback) offers its 400 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheet Set in Twin for $31.19 shipped. Regularly closer to $40, this is a match for the lowest price we’ve tracked back in May of 2017 and is the best available. If it’s been a while since you picked up a new sheet set, this is a great chance to sleep on quality bedding at an affordable price. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 3,000 happy customers and is a #1 best-seller at Amazon. Head below for more options on sale.

expiredSave up to 30% on Nutrex Hawaii supplements from $7 shipped in today’s Gold Box

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers a selection of Nutrex Hawaii supplements from $7 shipped. Our top pick is the BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin MD Formulas OmegaAstin for $14.24, which generally goes for $22. This is a new all-time low that we’ve tracked and is the best available. Omega 3, 6, and 9 are great vitamins to take for your cardiovascular health and more. Plus, Omega 3 can help promote positive brain health for better memory. Rated 4.4/5 stars, and you can shop all supplements on sale here.

expiredApple’s HomePod is down to one of the best prices we’ve seen at $240 (Refurb, Orig. $349)

Today only, Woot offers Apple’s HomePod for $239.99 Prime shipped in refurbished condition. Non-Prime members will have $6 added to their order for delivery. Originally $349, this is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen historically and is the best available, beating out Black Friday 2018’s new condition price by $10. Apple’s HomePod is perfect for the person who has everything else Apple and is a great way to control your HomeKit-enabled household. Ships with a 90-day warranty.

expiredSamsung’s fast Qi wireless charging stand hits a new all-time low at Amazon: $24 (Reg. $30+)

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the Samsung Qi Fast Wireless Charging Stand for $23.99 shipped. Regularly over $30, this is a new all-time low that we’ve tracked at Amazon and is the best available. You’ll be able to fast charge select Samsung smartphones, with other devices charging at the standard 5W. Plus, the angled design is perfect for keeping your device easily in view at your desk. Rated 3.9/5 stars from thousands.

Sonos just announced one of the largest sales we’ve seen from the speaker company in quite a while. Leading the way, you’ll be able to get the Playbase for $599 shipped, which is $100 off the regular price. Also at AmazonB&H, or Crutchfield. This matches the lowest that Amazon has offered it directly all-time and is the best that we’ve tracked in the past year. The Playbase has a custom-built 10 speaker array inside of it, providing room-filling audio that will bring your movies to life. Plus, you can add rear speakers with a Sonos One or even Play:1 to enjoy an even greater surround sound experience. Head below for more Sonos deals.

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January 18

NVMe SSDs have really upped the game when it comes to read and write speeds. What once was only a pipe dream is now a common reality. Apple uses PCIe SSDs in their Mac lineup, and NVMe is the closest non-Apple users can get to it. Last year, WD announced its Black lineup of NVMe SSD, but now the company is updating the line with the SN750.

These NVMe SSDs feature an all-new design and a more sleek look. Plus, you can even get the SN750 NVMe SSD with an optional heatsink to give passive cooling, allowing you to maintain optimal levels of performance.

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expiredJBL’s Arena 170 floorstanding speaker is perfect for your home theater: $80 (Reg. up to $250)

JBL offers its Arena 170 Floorstanding Loudspeaker for $79.95 shipped. Regularly up to $250, and still going for as much at Best Buy, Newegg has it for $100 and this is one of the best prices we’ve seen. If you’re building a home theater, these speakers are a must. With the large 7-inch high-output woofer, you’ll have deep room-shaking bass so every explosion feels like you’re there. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Expand your home’s network w/ the ASUS Lyra Trio Mesh System for $190 (Reg. $240)

Newegg offers the ASUS Lyra Trio Mesh Wi-Fi System for $189.99 shipped when you use code EMCTUUD47 at checkout. Regularly around $240 on Amazon, it recently dropped to $200 there and this is one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked. Mesh Wi-Fi systems like this are perfect for getting Internet all over your home in one simple package. Rated 4+ stars from nearly 60% of shoppers.

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